Here’s a video that literally tens of millions of people can’t take their eyes off of. Those of us who are survivalists, and preppers are continually preparing for the day that the SHTF.
There is a group of people where the SHTF on a daily basis, and they are powerless to stop it. This is a story that needs to be told. Nearly 100 million people around the world have seen this video. It can’t help but move you in some way.
A former Catholic altar boy from northern Uganda, Joseph Kony has waged war in central Africa for more than two decades.
He claims that his Lord’s Resistance Army movement has been fighting to install a government in Uganda based on the Biblical 10 Commandments.
But his rebels now terrorize large swathes of the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, and he is wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Regional armies are trying to hunt them down with the help of 100 US soldiers.
Mr Kony was due to sign a peace deal with the Ugandan government in 2008, but peace talks fell apart because the LRA leader wanted assurances that he and his allies would not be prosecuted.
He played football and was a brilliant dancer”
Former classmate of Joseph Kony
Born in the early 1960s in Odek, a village east of Gulu, Mr Kony is remembered as an amiable boy.
“He played football and was a brilliant dancer,” one of his former classmates said, recalling the rebel leader’s days at Odek primary.
The LRA’s aims were heavily influence by the Holy Spirit Movement, a 1980s group that represented the Acholi people of northern Uganda.
The movement was formed by Alice Lakwena, a former prostitute who was believed to be Mr Kony’s cousin.
They felt excluded from power after northern leader Milton Obote was overthrown in a military rebellion, and eventually replaced by current President Yoweri Museveni in 1986.
Ms Lakwena promised her followers immunity from the bullets of the Ugandan army, but Mr Museveni’s troops defeated her movement in 1988 and she fled to Kenya.
After this defeat, Mr Kony founded his own rebel group which over the next 20 years has gone on to abduct thousands of children to become fighters or sex slaves.
Mr Kony himself is thought to have at least 60 wives, as he and his senior commanders take the pick of the girls they capture.
He sees himself as a spirit medium.
“They will tell us what is going to happen. They say ‘you, Mr Joseph, tell your people that the enemy is planning to come and attack’,” he has explained.
When you go to fight you make the sign of the cross first. If you fail to do this, you will be killed”
Former LRA fighter
Young abductees who have escaped from the LRA say Mr Kony would tell them he got his instructions from the Holy Spirit and would often preach in tongues.
“I will communicate with Museveni through the holy spirits and not through the telephone,” he once said.
He has created an aura of fear and mysticism around himself and his rebels follow strict rules and rituals.
“When you go to fight you make the sign of the cross first. If you fail to do this, you will be killed,” one young fighter who escaped from the LRA told US-based Human Rights Watch.
“You must also take oil and draw a cross on your chest, your forehead, and each shoulder, and you must make a cross in oil on your gun. They say that the oil is the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Mr Kony appears to believe that his role is to cleanse the Acholi people.
He uses biblical references to explain why it is necessary to kill his own people, since they have, in his view, failed to support his cause.
“If the Acholi don’t support us, they must be finished,” he told one abductee.
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